Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
January-February 2019
New Faces at NIMBioS
Targeted Postdoctoral Fellows at NIMBioS are (L to R) Jing Jiao, Kellen Myers, Luis Carrasco Tornero, and Gengping Zhu. Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for specific research questions on projects aligned with those of NIMBioS-affiliated faculty. Jiao is working in the lab of Nina Fefferman on a project to predict the evolution of vector-borne disease dynamics in a changing world. Also in Fefferman's lab is Myers who is working on computational foundation projects in mathematical biology. Carrasco Tornero studies the effects of landscape diversity and structure on the distribution of species and biodiversity in collaboration with Xingli Giam, Monica Papeş, and Kimberly Sheldon. Zhu combines ecology and economics to study conservation in space and time in the central and southern Appalachian region in conjunction with research in Paul Armsworth, Giam and Papeş' labs. Read more.
New Strategies for Ecological Niche Modeling
New research published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution estimates species' niche by incorporating evolutionary information above and below the level of species. Initiated by the activities of the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World, scientists reviewed three strategies for incorporating evolutionary information in niche models. The research challenges traditional practices for modeling evolutionary relationships at the species level. 
Linking Reproductive Processes, Adverse Outcomes
New research published in Functional Ecology describes two process‐based models for evaluating the impact of endocrine disruptors on ecologically relevant endpoints. The study uses a mechanistic approach called Dynamic Energy Budgets to link the allocation of energy to hormonal processes. The work is a product of the NIMBioS Working Group on Modeling Molecules-to-Organisms.
What Animal Emotions Reveal About Humans
We're excited to welcome noted primatologist Frans de Waal next week. The New York Times best-selling author will give a talk on "Animal Emotions and Empathy" on February 14. De Waal will also sign books. His newest book, "Mama's Last Hug," will be available for sale, one month ahead of its publication date. The event is hosted by NIMBioS and the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity. De Waal is a co-organizer of next week's DySoC/NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Human Origins 2021. Read more.
Research & Training Opportunities
Search for Selection
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Tutorial: The Search for Selection , to be held June 3-7, 2019, at NIMBioS.This tutorial will expose investigators from all branches of biology to the rich menagerie of tests for selection.
Application Deadline: February 11
Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads
The 2019 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program will be held June 3-July 26 at NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Participants receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend, and some support for travel to/from Knoxville.
Registration Deadline: February 11
Risk Assessment Calculator Training
There is still time to register for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Risk Assessment Calculator Training , to be held March 5-7, 2019, at NIMBioS. This hands-on tutorial will spend the first two days covering screening level calculators for chemical risk analyses and an optional third day of training on radionuclide risk assessment. 
Registration Deadline: February 15
Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems
Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship
Apply now for a targeted postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of biological systems at NIMBioS and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Read more.
Selected Recent NIMBioS Publications
Bassett DS, Zurn P, Gold JI. 2018. On the nature and use of models in network neuroscience. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 19: 566-78. [from NIMBioS Working Group on Learning in Networks]

Dogan G, Glowacki L, Rusch H. 2018. Spoils division rules shape aggression between natural groups. Nature Human Behaviour 2: 322-26. [from NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Evolution and Warfare

Gomulkiewicz R, Kingsolver JG, Carter PA, Heckman N. 2018. Variation and evolution of function-valued traits. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 49:139-164. [from NIMBioS Working Group on Cross-Topology Registration]

Russo IS et al. 2018. 'Intentional Genetic Manipulation' as a conservation threat. Conservation Genetics Resources. [from NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellowship]

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NIMBioS is supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.